Wendy and Guy Sugden have spent the last 11 years living with Multiple Sclerosis.
Wendy and Guy Sugden have spent the last 11 years living with Multiple Sclerosis. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Wendy struggling with MS

WHEN the often debilitating disease Multiple Sclerosis (MS) took control of Wendy Sugden’s legs and left her unable to walk, she spent many nights awake wishing the disease away.

In the dark of night the Warwick woman would tell herself by morning she would walk and her legs would be able to function again.

Although her thoughts have yet to become reality, Mrs Sugden said she has now accepted her diagnosis and gets through each day with the love and support of her husband Guy.

The couple were given the ultimate test when they were newlyweds and just 12 months into their marriage, when Mrs Sugden was diagnosed with MS.

Mr Sugden said the first signs of his wife’s illness came when she went out for a morning jog and lost her footing.

“She thought she’d tripped over a piece of concrete or something, but she didn’t, she just fell.”

From that point Wendy’s body began to be consumed by excruciating neuropathic pain, particularly in her arms and shoulders.

“It was shocking – I used to say I would rather be dead than have that pain,” she said.

After around 12 months of MRIs, spinal taps and other tests and with one doctor dismissing her symptoms as neuroticism, Wendy finally received an MS diagnosis.

But by that point the couple had already come to the diagnosis themselves through their own research.

“Until you get a disability you don’t know what it’s like – I didn’t,” she said.

“I was able bodied with two legs that worked and I worked as a teacher but then I couldn’t walk. I used to walk and jog all of the time.”

Wendy’s story comes in the same month a major new survey into disability needs in Warwick is launched



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